I’ve always maintained that Julius Malema would either become the leader of the ANC at some point in future, or the replacement for Eugene Terreblanche in South African politics.
Poor strategic decisions cost Malema his position in the ANC, much to the delight and relief of the majority of the country, ANC supporter or not.
On the other hand, Terreblanche’s right wing views on the manner South Africa should be governed urged him to start the AWB, a movement that never upgraded itself to a fully fledged political party.
The simple reason was that this would advertise the little support the AWB really had, as election results would have diminished Terreblanche’s calls for a call to arms by the Afrikaner against its opposition and enemies. I mean, how would someone with less support that the Freedom Front Plus be taken seriously, even in the olden days?
The point was, that the views of the AWB, and specifically Terreblanche, was based in un-intelligent reasoning on the matter, and appealed to people resonating the former and latter in their personal views.
Malema’s supporters are not all that different from Terreblanche’s and they both created a ‘Big fish in a small pond’ surrounding. Both of them are and were good strategists and both of them feed from their own support base.
They gave the people what they wanted, a place to vent their anger, and to channel that anger in support for themselves.
Malema truly became the new right wing leader in South Africa. A joke to those opposing his views, with his para-militaristic fascist views on capitalism and race, he still remains a champion to some in the country.
In my opinion, his time has gone to re-enter politics via legitimate political parties, and does it seem that the Friends of the Youth League, is becoming the new AWB, and the only platform Malema will have to rally his flock in future.
You can rest assured, the ANC Youth League will be the radical voice for years to come, in a sense attempting to legitimise Malema and the Friends of the Youth League whilst Malema’s presence at Lonmin and other mines in recent times is an indication of how desperate he had become for support especially among anyone willing to listen to him.
Radical voices will always emerge in any state, and mostly from the ruling party of the day. In terms of Malema, this state of affairs supplies a sigh of relief to most people, as the radicals rarely make it to the top of the political food chain.
Nazi Germany is a chilling reminder of the success of these movements... the poster child of why radicals should never be allowed to govern.
The downside is that S.A has the same type of climate Germany had during the rise of Hitler. Economic downturns, massive income inequalities, a very high unemployment rate and poor political leadership at the time, marked the springboard for the Nazis to launch their rise to power.
Don’t get me wrong, Malema doesn’t have Hitler’s prowess and presence, but then again, the average South African is a far cry from the average German in terms of education. The bottom line is, if a nation like Germany, with some of the most intelligent people on earth fell it, then anyone could, given the right circumstances.
What Malema is then, is one of the poles we should strive to avoid. He may be advocating left wing policies with nationalisation, but his tactics are clearly that of any right wing leader, bordering on fascism in his quest to use racial and class divvisions to destroy what little this country has left of its own soul.
So Terreblanche then... a self centred man who used the guise of the Afrikaner to promote his own tainted views of the world. He may have advocated patriotism on his part, simply as a tool for his followers to be able to justify their actions and support as an act of national pride, however, this never was the case...
Julius Malema... never had any love for this country, nor understands the concept of patriotism and pride. He, like so many other politicians would sell the soul of South Africa in a heartbeat, if it meant he would be able to attain his personal leadership goals.
The absence of patriotism, or national pride, is the common strain in any radical leader, right or left wing, albeit that they are the people using it to their own advantage. It’s quite simple really... you don’t abuse, what you love.
Beware the person using these terms as a punch line in political speeches, for it is them who have no clue as to its true meaning; sacrifice.
So, Malema and Terreblanche then; both products of a government that never wanted them notwithstanding the fact that they created them.
Contrary to what many people would believe, they are birds of a feather, operating in different times with different problems, and they remind us of what we could be, at our worst... a third world Nazi S.A, with no chance in hell of conquering anyone.
I would say it is their inability to see the big picture, and their leap for power at any cost, to vindicate their existence as political castaways.
Radical leaders are the autocrats of the world, and firmly believe that they know what’s best for the country, and its people, even though they haven’t the faintest idea.
Malema thrives on being a loose cannon, and one of the downsides to his expulsion is the fact that the ANC have no further hold over him. He answers to no one, but those who are willing to listen, and he knows that there is no alternative but a hostile takeover of the ANC left for him.
Will he succeed?
Which means that he will have the realm of loyalist movement to occupy in future...
Exactly the place E.T was for all those years...
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